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"Architectus vias in urbe construit."

Translation:The architect builds roads in the city.

September 4, 2019



All of which lead to Rome.


Roads run between two distant points — two towns, for example. In each of those towns, you'll find streets: paved roads lined with houses and other buildings. The main translation here should be "streets" then, as it is specified in the city. "Roads" should be an accepted alternate.


vicus: vici.

c.CE 33: a Street called Straight:

et Dominus ad eum: vade in vicum qui vocatur Rectus. Actus Apostulorum (IX:xi).


I disagree. I don't see why the main translation should be "streets" rather than "roads".

When an architect builds, he builds roads, (that can become streets later). Roads have also a more general meaning (as you have shown in your comment) Streets are more specific.

The street is simply a road with a lot of houses and shops, etc...

It's not because it's in a city, that it's a street. There are also roads in the cities. The roads goes though the city. Some roads are always roads and never become streets. Follow a big road, like a motorway, you'll see that some motorways goes though cities, and never become streets. Motorways don't stop and become small streets when they enter a city.

See this:

A street is a road in a village, town, or city, especially a road lined with buildings.

So, streets are roads.


"I could've built a great city, but NOOO, I got stuck making asphalt..."


Strictly speaking Architects do not build roads. engineers and roadwork crews build roads, Architects build buildings/structures.


Perhaps the poor guy failed architecture school?


What about "The architect builds the city roads."?


What is the pronuntiation of "architect"? I guess I heard "ar-hi-tect" with a mute c...


Architects build buildings city planners build roads, and more accurately they design it, someone else actually builds it.

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